Ireland is one of the best honeymoon destinations for LGBT+ couples, according to a report by the Latin America Travel Company, which ranked Ireland in fifth place behind Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Switzerland.
The top ten also consisted of France, Greece, Finland, The United States, and Italy, with the UK narrowly missing out on a top ten spot because it scored poorly in the ‘romantic setting’ category and the ‘love in the air’ category.
“Planning a honeymoon is a massive decision for anyone, with so many factors to consider to ensure you have the perfect newlywed escape. However, for LGBT couples there is often an additional factor to consider. While it shouldn’t have to be the case, it remains an issue that LGBT equality and rights are not always respected in every country around the world, which can dramatically rule out certain destinations as a honeymoon choice for many couples,” the report says.
The list was compiled by “analysing both LGBT equality, plus overall honeymoon appeal across every destination around the world, using a variety of studies, reports and surveys.”
The list was restricted to countries where homosexuality is legal, and the categories included marriage equality, LGBT travel-friendliness, honeymoon popularity, forward-thinking, romantic setting and love in the air.
Canada scored highly in every category, as it was listed in the top ten countries around the world for couples to honeymoon in. Canada was also the first non-European country to legalise same-sex marriage back in 2005, making it the fourth country in the world to do so.
Adam Groffman, who founded Travels of Adam, said: “It’s no surprise Canada is at the top. It’s a great destination year-round, for every type of LGBTQ+ traveller.
“There are world-class cities with fine dining, amazing hikes and nature trails, great adventure activities, and a warm and friendly atmosphere. Personally, I love the gayborhoods in Toronto and Montreal, they’re really social, friendly areas where you can really get a taste of the local gay life.”
New Zealand ranked highly because of its natural beauty and has also ranked in a top 20 list of the most forward-thinking countries in the world. New Zealand also legalized same-sex marriage in 2013.
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